“You Ruined Our Franchise!!!”

Jar-Jar Looks To The Heavens For Help...

...The Camera Slowly Pulls Back as Jar-Jar Screams Out...

...As First The Original Trilogy Characters Are Revealed...

...And Then The Prequel & Clone Wars Characters Come In To View...

..As With Guns Raised They Call Out As One - "YOU RUINED OUR FRANCHISE!!"

...And Lo...Jar-Jar Binks Bites The Dust And Meets His Deserved End...

...And So The Prophecy Is Complete - "He Who Ruins The Franchise, Dies By The Franchise!"

Shave the Whales…then Save A Library!

Today in the UK is Save Libraries Day (check out the Twitter hashtag #savelibraries)…a day when across the country people of all ages, all classes, all ethnicities will politely and peacefully demonstrate to our Government just how much they want libraries to remain, and not be shut down.

The Politics – I understand the situation we are in financially.  I get that the Govt needs to save money to start paying off the debt.  I agree that, inevitably, this will affect us all in some way (although, as ever, it affects the minority rich far less than the majority poor and middle income).  I disagree though with the very Tory stance of cutting back key services and community resources in order to service the debt.  We can cut back Whitehall, cut back MP expenses, cut back Trident, cut back money flowing like a bleeding artery to the EU…and even cut back a small fraction of what goes on Overseas development.  All these cuts would not damage the access to core services for UK citizens…they would allow such services to continue.

The reality – libraries are seen by the political classes and snooty media spectators as something passe, chavvy, lower-class and 1970’s.  They appear to be a holdout of the socialist past, the state as nanny.  They may even be a drain on local funding where the money could be spent on other worthy needs.  All this is the reality, the way those in power, those in control of the media, those at the top of the pile would have us believe.  “Not enough people use them”, “In an electronic age less and less people want to read real books”, “Libraries are a luxury we can no longer afford”.  But the ACTUAL reality is that our libraries are one of the few remaining democratic, open and inclusive parts of our ailing society.  Their doors are open to all, they cater for as broad a spectrum as possible, and most importantly, they give access to books to those who cannot get access any other way.

Reading – Books are expensive.  E-books even more so.  I love books.  I relish books.  I have a fairly large collection (mostly SF, horror, Penguin editions and humour).  I own my own business and earn a decent wage.  But I can’t afford to buy many books.  I wander round Waterstones and gaze longingly at all the titles I would so dearly love to own.  But I can’t afford them!  E-books…another passion of mine, are woefully overpriced for a non-physical product.  Even though I own a Sony e-reader and an iPad, I still only own 10 e-books!  The publishing industry makes it tough for people to own books.  BUT…there is this wonderful, magical place near me, in Central Croydon, that LENDS ME BOOKS.  Our library actually allows me to borrow a book, read it and then return it, and take more books out afterwards.  Revolutionary…oh, hang on, no it’s not, it’s good sense.  Reading is a must for all of us…for life, work, education, enjoyment.  For children it is a gateway not only to learning but to self-discovery, to wider worlds, to aspiration and hope.  And, let’s be honest, there are some corking good stories out there!  But what if kids, and adults can no longer get access to books.  What then?  The Govt would have us believe kids can always get books from schools…possibly, but what about adults?  Oh, they can read them online, on an e-reader, or maybe with a free copy given away with a Sunday newspaper!  Right…so we want to leave access to great writing up to the hope that everyone will be online, or have an e-reader, or buy a middle-class over-sized Sunday paper?  REALLY?!

The Rant – Enough!  I don’t mind being thought of as wishy washy liberal minded.  I don’t mind being thought of as a self-serving creative.  The Govt can dismiss my beliefs on so many things because I don’t have kids, or Idon’t vote the right way, or I have a particular background.  But they need to sit up and start listening to the vox populi…we don’t want to see our libraries go.  We don’t want to see the death of lending.  We don’t want our kids and fellow adults unable to access books.  We don’t want access to books for the partially sighted or blind reduced to charitable status only. We WANT our libraries at the heart of our communities. We WANT our libraries to remain open, free to use and available to all.  We WANT you to understand that there may be lower footfall but it doesn’t mean lower interest.  Libraries, like forests, are part of the fabric of our country and we want them to stay.  If lower figures and niche useage were the be all and end all of any discussion then Radio 3 would have been shut down years ago, but it remains as a vital part of of cultural landscape.  By those rules, Westminster itself would be shut due to the less than impressive voting turnout.  You have NO MANDATE for this action.  The political classes DO NOT speak for the rest of us.  You represent us, you do not decided what we think, you LISTEN to us and then make the tough decisions.  So STOP NOW and look elsewhere for the paltry sums you need to save by this action.  Cut a few fat-cat paychecks in Westminster or on local councils.  Let’s have one less over-stuffed Quango.  Or, and here’s a radical idea…let’s cut 1% off the Overseas Aid budget for 1 year…that will solve a few home-grown crises!

Why I Love Libraries – as a kid I grew up in a working class family, struggling to become lower middle class.  My Dad worked all hours as an ambulanceman and later an ambulance manager.  My mum did part-time jobs.  We had a nice house and a decent enough lifestyle…but no fripperies or extras.  But I loved to read, and while Mum & Dad did their best, we didn’t have a ton of books at home…especially not the sort I wanted to read…scifi, horror, the classics, etc…  But about a mile away was a small local library, nestled next to the railway station.  On Saturday afternoons, often with my friend Matthew, I would head down there and grab a book from the shelf and read it, right there.  The librarian was always very nice and genuinely seemed pleased to have some kids quietly reading.  Over the years I read hundreds of books this way.  And with mum, we borrowed many more.  It was a road to self-education, to self-awareness, to creativity and adventure.  Much like LEGO allows a child to learn through play, library books allowed me to learn through reading, and at no cost!  My grandmother was a big user of her local library in Nuneaton…and as she grew older and her eyesight worsened she needed them more and more for the large print books, and the audiobooks, and eventually the Braille books.  When I was a teenager and about to leave school I used the big library in Bedford to help me with looking for work, researching jobs, getting online and attending courses on business and working.  When I first bought my flat and shared with my best friend, neither of us had much disposable income but we both loved to read, so we used Croydon Library a great deal.  When he died of a stroke in 2003, one of the very last things I had to do to tidy up his affairs was walk to the library and hand back the books he had borrowed…and how lovely and caring and sympathetic those librarians were when they heard the sad news.  I doubt whether I would be who I am today, do what I do today, without the libraries in my life.  I urge you to support the Save Libraries campaign…write to your MP, pop down to your local and show support, send a message to this Govt and say NO!  We all know cuts have to be made…but let’s cut the big cost items before we attack the little ones, eh?

It’s Competition Time!

Well…I am kicking off 2011 in fine style, courtesy of the lovely peeps over at AudioGo, the home of BBC Audiobooks. I have a competition for you, and there are five copies of the brand-spanking new “BRIGHTON ROCK” audiobook up for grabs as prizes.  Read by top-notch UK acting legend SAMUEL WEST, and produced by my good self!  First, here’s a little about the audiobook:

Unabridged Reading

Author : Graham Greene
Reader : Samuel West
Producer : Neil Gardner
Running Time : 9hrs 11mins

‘Hale knew, before he had been in Brighton three hours, that they meant to murder him…’ So begins ‘Brighton Rock’, in which a gang war rages through the dark underworld of 1930s Brighton. Seventeen-year-old Pinkie Brown, malign and ruthless, has killed a man. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous, life-embracing Ida Arnold. Greene’s gripping thriller exposes a world of loneliness and fear, of life lived on the ‘dangerous edge of things’. ‘Brighton Rock’ has twice been adapted for film. Richard Attenborough starred as Pinkie in the 1947 version, with Sam Riley and Helen Mirren starring in the 2010 release.

‘The most ingenious, inventive and exciting of our novelists… A master of storytelling’ – Times
‘I read Brighton Rock when I was about thirteen. One of the first lessons I took from it was that a serious novel could be an exciting novel…’ – Ian McEwan
‘A superb storyteller with a gift for provoking controversy’ – New York Times

Samuel West reads Graham Greene’s classic gang war thriller – complete and unabridged.

The 8xCD boxset is worth almost £20…and we have 5 to give away (aren’t AudioGo marvellous?!)  You can learn more about the title (and AudioGo) by CLICKING HERE.

COMPETITION TIME

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of BRIGHTON ROCK, as read by Samuel West (and produced by little old me!) here is what you have to do:

BRIGHTON ROCK looks at a Brighton of the past – gangs and betting, violence and love…it is a vibrant and chilling setting.  In NO MORE THAN 500 words, describe a Brighton of the FUTURE.  It can be 5 years, 50 years, 500 years away, or even further.  What is different, what is the same?  Is the pier still there, or has it grown, or been destroyed?  Is the English Channel still there, or has all the water gone?  Is the town still a haven for creativity and peoples of all sexualities and religions and ethnicities?  Is Brighton the last bastion in a post-apocalyptic world, or is it the Sin City of a new United States of Europa?

Send your entries to:

neilgardner@ladbrokeradio.com

The DEADLINE for entries is SUNDAY 20th FEBRUARY 2011 at midnight – any entries received after that date/time will not be considered.

JUDGING – all of the entries will be judged by a panel of audiobook, SF and writing world luminaries (including me…not that I am a luminary, more a luminous canary!) whose names will be announced shortly, but include the goddess of audiobook readers, LORELEI KING.

ADDITIONALLY – Following the competition, my new audiobook company, Spokenworld Audio will produce an audiobook compilation of the winning entries AND the best of the rest.  Exciting, eh?  The working title of this anthology is BRIGHTON PROX.

Good luck and get those entries in, ASAP!

Terms & Conditions

This competition is organised and run by me, Neil Gardner, and AudioGo and Ladbroke Productions are not involved or have any responsibility for it.  Please DO NOT correspond with AudioGo or Ladbroke Productions concerning this competition.  For any queries please contact me directly.

The judges’ decision is final.  Nor correspondence will be entered into once the results have been announced.

Results will be announced via this blog, and on social networking sites on SUNDAY 3rd APRIL 2011.  Winners will be notified by email.  Prizes will be posted within 7 days.

This competition is open to anyone aged over 16 and from any country.

By entering the competition you grant Spokenworld Audio Ltd non-exclusive audiobook rights to your submitted entry.  Spokenworld Audio Ltd shall pay all costs involved in the production and sale of the audiobook edition of the winning entries, but shall pay no advance fee or rights fee.  An ‘Author’s Share of Revenue’ shall be created, which shall be 20% of the Net Revenue of any sales generated.  This shall be shared between the authors, paid half-yearly (June/Dec) where monies have accrued.

All Aliens Like Burgers

As many of you know, I am in the process of launching a new audiobook/radio programme download business called Spokenworld Audio.  Excitingly, we’ve just started producing our first ‘new’ novel as audio, a brilliant comedy SF novel called “All Aliens Like Burgers” by Ruth Wheeler.  Here’s a couple of HD vids from the first recording sesh to give you a taste of what’s to come:

Your Xmas Day FICTS!

From Robert and myself, a very merry xmas to everyone who has followed the FICTS over the last 24 days…we hope they brought you smiles and giggles, and an especial thanks to all of you who bought our book, we love you!  But don’t worry if you haven’t had a chance (or the spare cash!) to grab a copy, we have plenty left in stock, so drop us a line any time…HAPPY XMAS EVERYONE!

If you like what you see, why not buy a copy of THE BUMPER BOOK OF FICTS, which contains 96 pages of the things in their splendid glory…all illustrated by uber-legend Robert Rankin.  You can get the hard-backed glossy book by CLICKING HERE.

Twenty-Fourth FICT of Xmas

Your Festive FICTS Advent Calendar thingy is here…Robert Rankin and I present to you 24 FICTS, one each day up to Xmas, to bring happiness and mirth to one and all.  And if you like what you see, why not buy a copy of THE BUMPER BOOK OF FICTS, which contains 96 pages of the things in their splendid glory…all illustrated by uber-legend Robert Rankin.  You can get the hard-backed glossy book by CLICKING HERE.

Twenty-Third FICT of Xmas

Your Festive FICTS Advent Calendar thingy is here…Robert Rankin and I present to you 24 FICTS, one each day up to Xmas, to bring happiness and mirth to one and all.  And if you like what you see, why not buy a copy of THE BUMPER BOOK OF FICTS, which contains 96 pages of the things in their splendid glory…all illustrated by uber-legend Robert Rankin.  You can get the hard-backed glossy book by CLICKING HERE.

Twenty-Second FICT of Xmas

Your Festive FICTS Advent Calendar thingy is here…Robert Rankin and I present to you 24 FICTS, one each day up to Xmas, to bring happiness and mirth to one and all.  And if you like what you see, why not buy a copy of THE BUMPER BOOK OF FICTS, which contains 96 pages of the things in their splendid glory…all illustrated by uber-legend Robert Rankin.  You can get the hard-backed glossy book by CLICKING HERE.

Twenty-First FICT of Xmas

Your Festive FICTS Advent Calendar thingy is here…Robert Rankin and I present to you 24 FICTS, one each day up to Xmas, to bring happiness and mirth to one and all.  And if you like what you see, why not buy a copy of THE BUMPER BOOK OF FICTS, which contains 96 pages of the things in their splendid glory…all illustrated by uber-legend Robert Rankin.  You can get the hard-backed glossy book by CLICKING HERE.

Twentieth FICT of Xmas

Your Festive FICTS Advent Calendar thingy is here…Robert Rankin and I present to you 24 FICTS, one each day up to Xmas, to bring happiness and mirth to one and all.  And if you like what you see, why not buy a copy of THE BUMPER BOOK OF FICTS, which contains 96 pages of the things in their splendid glory…all illustrated by uber-legend Robert Rankin.  You can get the hard-backed glossy book by CLICKING HERE.

Nineteenth FICT of Xmas

Your Festive FICTS Advent Calendar thingy is here…Robert Rankin and I present to you 24 FICTS, one each day up to Xmas, to bring happiness and mirth to one and all.  And if you like what you see, why not buy a copy of THE BUMPER BOOK OF FICTS, which contains 96 pages of the things in their splendid glory…all illustrated by uber-legend Robert Rankin.  You can get the hard-backed glossy book by CLICKING HERE.

A Very Ladbroke Holiday

So, the Xmas/New Year holiday season is almost here, and my production company, Ladbroke Productions, has a whole host of radio goodies for you to tune in to:

TUESDAY 28th DECEMBER – 8pm – BBC RADIO 4 – “AMNESTY AT 50”

Amnesty International has recently attracted criticism, sometimes from those who have been its most committed activists.  JOHN TUSA asks id it has lost its way and what will be its future role.

Presenter: JOHN TUSA

Producer: MERILYN HARRIS

WEDNESDAY 29th DECEMBER – 11am – BBC RADIO 4 – “WHERE ENGLAND MEETS WALES” pt 1

HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI encounters live issues of identity, language, and a turbulent past, as he journeys down the wiggly border between Wales and England.

Presenter: HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI

Producer: RICHARD BANNERMAN

TUESDAY 4th JANUARY 2011 – 1130am – BBC RADIO 4 – “A FAMILY BUSINESS – THE CHAPLIN LEGACY”

TIM BROOKE-TAYLOR sees how the creative legacy of Charlie Chaplin lives on through his grandson James Thieree, whose new one-man show mixes acrobatics, mime, music and illusion.

Presenter: TIM BROOKE-TAYLOR

Producer: TONY STAVEACRE

WEDNESDAY 5th JANUARY 2011 – 11am – BBC RADIO 4 – “WHERE ENGLAND MEETS WALES” pt 2

HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI concludes his journey down the wiggly border between Wales and England.

Presenter: HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI

Producer: RICHARD BANNERMAN

SUNDAY 16th JANUARY 2011 – 2.45pm – BBC RADIO 4 – “HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN”

Continuing his look at the history of obesity, DR HILARY JONES examines the different ways that exercise have been used for weight loss.

Presenter: DR HILARY JONES

Producer: SUSAN KENYON

I hope you get a chance to tune in, and fingers crossed you enjoy them too 🙂

Eighteenth FICT of Xmas

Your Festive FICTS Advent Calendar thingy is here…Robert Rankin and I present to you 24 FICTS, one each day up to Xmas, to bring happiness and mirth to one and all.  And if you like what you see, why not buy a copy of THE BUMPER BOOK OF FICTS, which contains 96 pages of the things in their splendid glory…all illustrated by uber-legend Robert Rankin.  You can get the hard-backed glossy book by CLICKING HERE.

Seventeenth FICT of Xmas

Your Festive FICTS Advent Calendar thingy is here…Robert Rankin and I present to you 24 FICTS, one each day up to Xmas, to bring happiness and mirth to one and all.  And if you like what you see, why not buy a copy of THE BUMPER BOOK OF FICTS, which contains 96 pages of the things in their splendid glory…all illustrated by uber-legend Robert Rankin.  You can get the hard-backed glossy book by CLICKING HERE.

A Year In Audiobooks

So, 2010 is almost over, and as we wave bye bye I thought I would look back at what this year has meant for me as an audiobook producer.  So here goes, 2010, a year of audiobook chewiness…

TRESPASS by ROSE TREMAIN – Read by JULIET STEVENSON – UNABRIDGED – 10hrs – 8CDs – AudioGo/Chivers/BBC Audiobooks

In a silent valley stands an isolated stone farmhouse. Its owner is Aramon Lunel, an alcoholic so haunted by his violent past that he’s let his hunting dogs starve and his land go to ruin. Meanwhile, his sister, alone in her modern bungalow within sight of the Mas Lunel, dreams of exacting retribution for the unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life. Into this closed world comes Anthony Verey, a wealthy but disillusioned antiques dealer from London. Anthony hopes to remake his life in France, and he begins looking at properties in the region. But, from the moment he arrives at the Mas Lunel, a frightening and unstoppable series of consequences is set in motion.

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DOCTOR WHO: AUTONOMY by DANIEL BLYTHE – Read by GEORGIA MOFFETT – UNABRIDGED – 6hrs – 6CDs – AudioGo/BBC Audiobooks

Hyperville is 2013’s top hi-tech, 24-hour entertainment complex – a sprawling palace of fun under one massive roof. You can go shopping, or experience the excitement of Doomcastle, Winterland, or Wild West World. But things are about to get a lot more exciting – and dangerous! What unspeakable horror is lurking on Level Zero of Hyperville? And what will happen when the entire complex goes over to Central Computer Control?

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DOCTOR WHO: THE SLITHEEN EXCURSION by SIMON GUERRIER – Read by DEBBIE CHAZEN – UNABRIDGED – 6hrs – DOWNLOAD ONLY – AudioGo/BBC Audiobooks

Debbie Chazen reads this complete and unabridged adventure for the 10th Doctor. In 1500BC, King Actaeus and his subjects live in mortal fear of the awesome gods who have come to visit their kingdom in ancient Greece. The Doctor, visiting with university student June, knows they’re not gods at all. They’re aliens! With June’s enthusiastic help, the Doctor soon meets the travel agents behind this deadly package holiday company – his old enemies the Slitheen. But can he bring the Slitheen excursion to an end without endangering more lives? And how are events in ancient Greece linked to a modern-day alien plot to destroy what’s left of the Parthenon?

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SEX AND STRAVINSKY by BARBARA TRAPIDO – Read by JAN FRANCIS – UNABRIDGED – 12hrs – 10CDs – AudioGo/Chivers/BBC Audiobooks

It is 1995, and brilliant Australian Caroline can command everyone, except her own ghoulish mother. This means that things aren’t easy for Josh and Zoe, her husband and 12-year-old daughter. Josh teaches mime in Bristol and Zoe reads girls’ ballet books and longs for ballet lessons. Meanwhile, on the east coast of Africa, Hattie Thomas, Josh’s first love, has taken to writing girls’ ballet books from the turret of her fabulous house. Hattie wakes from a dream of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and asks herself about the composer, ‘Do his glasses look sexy?’ His glasses are just like Josh’s glasses from two decades earlier. From far and wide, they are all drawn together…

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GHOST LIGHT by JOSEPH O’CONNOR – Read by MARCELLA RIORDAN – UNABRIDGED – 9hrs – 8CDs – AudioGo/Chivers/BBC Audiobooks

Dublin 1907, a city of whispered rumours. An actress still in her teens begins an affair with a damaged older man, the leading playwright at the theatre where she works. Rebellious, irreverent, beautiful, flirtatious, Molly Allgood is a girl of the inner city tenements, dreaming of stardom in America. Witty and watchful, she has dozens of admirers. But in the backstage of her life, there is a secret. Her lover, John Synge, is a troubled, reticent genius, the son of a once prosperous landowning family, a poet of fiery language and tempestuous passions. Yet his life is hampered by Edwardian conventions and by the austere and God-fearing mother with whom he lives . . .

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H.I.V.E. – ROGUE by MARK WALDEN – Read by RICHARD COYLE – UNABRIDGED – 6hrs 45mins – 6CDs – AudioGo/Chivers/BBC Audiobooks

The leaders of the world’s villainous forces are being picked off one by one, and Dr Nero is forced to take temporary control of G.L.O.V.E. after Diabolus Darkdoom is seriously injured. Nero discovers that Otto, who has been missing for several months, is leading the attacks, and he is forced to issue a capture or kill order. When Wing learns of the order, she persuades Raven to join her on a mission to retrieve Otto. But other members of the ruling council, suspicious of Nero’s relationship with the boy, have initiated their own missions to eliminate him. Wing and Raven find themselves in a deadly race against time to track Otto down before the other G.L.O.V.E. assassins . . .

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DOCTOR WHO: NIGHT OF THE HUMANS by DAVID LLEWELLYN – Read by ARTHUR DARVILL – UNABRIDGED – 5hrs 15mins – DOWNLOAD ONLY – AudioGo/BBC Audiobooks

“This is the Gyre – the most hostile environment in the Galaxy”. 250,000 years’ worth of junk floating in deep space, home to the shipwrecked Sittuun, the carnivorous Sollogs, and worst of all – the Humans. The Doctor and Amy arrive on this terrifying world in the middle of an all-out frontier war between Sittuun and Humans, and the countdown has already started. There’s a comet in the sky, and it’s on a collision course with the Gyre . . .When the Doctor is kidnapped, it’s up to Amy and ‘galaxy-famous swashbuckler’ Dirk Slipstream to save the day. But who is Slipstream, exactly? And what is he really doing here? A thrilling, all-new adventure featuring the Doctor and Amy, as played by Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television.

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DOCTOR WHO: THE RING OF STEEL by STEPHEN COLE – Read by ARTHUR DARVILL – UNABRIDGED – 1hr 19mins – 1CD – AudioGo/BBC Audiobooks

Arthur Darvill reads this exclusive audio adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy.  When the TARDIS lands on Orkney in the near future, the Doctor and Amy arrive to find a large demonstration in progress over the construction of new electricity pylons. The Doctor tries to break things up peacefully – but suddenly the road splits open without warning and swallows police, security guards and protesters alike. Separated from the Doctor, Amy takes charge of transporting the wounded to hospital – but the rescue mission becomes a terrifying ride as the pylons come to life and begin to walk and the road rears up, erupting with boiling tarmac. The Doctor, meanwhile, has even more than metal monsters and rebellious roads to deal with. Who is sucking the life out of the power company’s employees – and just what is lurking inside the Astra-Gen headquarters? Written specially for audio by Stephen Cole and read by Arthur Darvill, who plays Rory in Doctor Who, The Ring of Steel features the Doctor as played by Matt Smith in the acclaimed hit series from BBC Television.

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THE ATTENBURY EMERALDS by JILL PATON WALSH – Read by EDWARD PETHERBRIDGE – UNABRIDGED – 9hrs 26mins – 6CDs – AudioGo/Chivers/BBC Audiobooks

It was 1921 when Lord Peter Wimsey first encountered the Attenbury emeralds. The recovery of the magnificent gem – Lord Attenbury’s most dazzling heirloom – made headlines and launched a shell-shocked young aristocrat on his career as a detective.  Now it is 1951: a happily married Lord Peter has just shared the secrets of that mystery with his wife, the detective novelist Harriet Vane. Then the new young Lord Attenbury – grandson of Lord Peter’s first client – seeks his help again, this time to prove who owns the gigantic emerald that Wimsey last saw in 1921. It will be the most intricate and challenging mystery he has ever faced…The long-awaited new Lord Peter Wimsey novel by Jill Paton Walsh draws together threads from the very start of his detective career and clues from three decades to create an enthralling new adventure.  Edward Petherbridge reads this complete, full length Lord Peter Wimsey mystery, based on the characters created by Dorothy L. Sayers.

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DOCTOR WHO: DEMON QUEST 1: THE RELICS OF TIME by PAUL MAGRS – Starring TOM BAKER, RICHARD FRANKLIN & SUSAN JAMESON – 1hr – 1CD – AudioGo/BBC Audiobooks

Tom Baker reprises the role of the fourth Doctor in the first of five thrilling brand new adventures, with Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey. The Doctor’s return to Nest Cottage lands him in trouble when a key component from the TARDIS disappears. Mrs Wibbsey is inadvertently responsible, but all she can offer in recompense is a bag containing four curious objects. It seems that each one is a clue, and the beginning of a chase through Time. In ancient Sussex they are apprehended by primitive tribesfolk, and mistaken for wizards. Can the revered goddess Wibbsentia get them out of hot water? Who is the fearful wizard in the neighbouring village, and why is the countryside littered with bodies? The Doctor and Mrs Wibbsey are about to discover that all is not right with history… With Tom Baker as the Doctor, Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey, Nigel Anthony as the Wizard, Rupert Holliday Evans and Kate Sachs as the Warriors, and Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, ‘The Relics of Time’ is the first of five linked stories written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs.

N.B. On the Demon Quest series I was not the producer.  I was the audio editor and created 90% of the sound design.  SImon Hunt did the other 10% and also all of the fantastic music.  KATE THOMAS was the producer/director

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DOCTOR WHO: DEMON QUEST 2: THE DEMON OF PARIS by PAUL MAGRS – Starring TOM BAKER, RICHARD FRANKLIN & SUSAN JAMESON – 1hr – 1CD – AudioGo/BBC Audiobooks

Tom Baker reprises the role of the fourth Doctor in the second of five thrilling brand new adventures, with Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey.  Someone has painted the Doctor’s likeness into a famous poster by Toulouse-Lautrec, leading Mrs Wibbsey and him to Paris in the 1890s. There the streets are thronged with artists and their muses – ladies of the night such as the young girl La Charlotte.  But a murderer is also at large, and Lautrec’s name is whispered with fear and suspicion. As they become immersed in the delights of the Moulin Rouge and the shadows of Montmartre Cemetery, the travellers gradually uncover the gruesome truth about the missing women of Paris.  They also realise that someone has been expecting them…With Tom Baker as the Doctor, Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey, Mark Meadows as Lautrec, Finty Williams as La Charlotte, Rowena Cooper as La Concierge, Rupert Holliday Evans as the Artist and Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, ‘The Demon of Paris’ is the second of five linked stories written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs.

N.B. On the Demon Quest series I was not the producer.  I was the audio editor and created 90% of the sound design.  SImon Hunt did the other 10% and also all of the fantastic music.  KATE THOMAS was the producer/director

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DOCTOR WHO: DEMON QUEST 3: A SHARD OF ICE by PAUL MAGRS – Starring TOM BAKER, RICHARD FRANKLIN & SUSAN JAMESON – 1hr – 1CD – AudioGo/BBC Audiobooks

Tom Baker reprises the role of the Fourth Doctor in the third of five thrilling brand new adventures, with Richard Franklin as Mike Yates. In the icy wastes of the Murgin Pass, the Doctor and Mike take refuge in a remote lodge alongside Albert Tiermann, storyteller to the king. But the owner’s hospitality is repaid with a grisly attack, and suddenly death is amongst the small party. What is the significance of a book of fairy tales, one of which prophesies the Doctor’s encounter with an Ice Queen monster? What long-held secret is Albert Tiermann holding back? And what dark figure stalks the snowy mountainside?  The answers to these questions add up to a terrifying encounter with a strangely familiar foe.  With Tom Baker as the Doctor, Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, Samuel West as Tiermann, Carole Boyd as Frau Herz, Jan Francis as the Ice Queen, Tom Lawrence as Hans, and Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey, ‘A Shard of Ice’ is the third of five linked stories written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs.

N.B. On the Demon Quest series I was not the producer.  I was the audio editor and created 90% of the sound design.  SImon Hunt did the other 10% and also all of the fantastic music.  KATE THOMAS was the producer/director

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DOCTOR WHO: DEMON QUEST 4: STARFALL by PAUL MAGRS – Starring TOM BAKER, RICHARD FRANKLIN & SUSAN JAMESON – 1hr – 1CD – AudioGo/BBC Audiobooks

Tom Baker reprises the role of the Fourth Doctor, with Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey and Richard Franklin as Mike Yates.  Two things arrive on the same night in Central Park, New York, 1976. The first is a fireball from space, bringing with it a new identity for one Alice Trefusis. The second is the TARDIS, carrying the Doctor and his friends on the trail of an unusual comic book cover.  The Doctor’s strength is sapped by something in the New York air – but what could cause such a malaise? As he and Mike are first mixed up with the police and then taken on an aerial ride over the city, Mrs Wibbsey comes face to face with the legendary Talkies film star Mimsy Loyne.  And all the while, long multicoloured scarves and floppy felt hats are climbing the stairs of the Dakota Building…  With Tom Baker as the Doctor, Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey, Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, Trevor White as Buddy, Laurel Lefkow as Alice, Lorelei King as Mimsy Loyne, Rupert Holliday Evans as the Cop, and John Chancer as the Cultist, ‘Starfall’ is the fourth of five linked stories written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs.

N.B. On the Demon Quest series I was not the producer.  I was the audio editor and created 90% of the sound design.  SImon Hunt did the other 10% and also all of the fantastic music.  KATE THOMAS was the producer/director

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DOCTOR WHO: DEMON QUEST 5: SEPULCHRE by PAUL MAGRS – Starring TOM BAKER, RICHARD FRANKLIN & SUSAN JAMESON – 1hr – 1CD – AudioGo/BBC Audiobooks

Tom Baker reprises the role of the Fourth Doctor in the thrilling climax of five brand new adventures, with Richard Franklin as Mike Yates and Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey.  The TARDIS arrives on Sepulchre, and the Doctor and Mike find themselves in an old, dark house. Who awaits the two men there? What plans have been laid for their arrival?  They soon discover from their host – and his housekeeper – that this is the culmination of a terrible, grand plan – one with the Doctor at its very centre. One from which he may never escape…  As the Atlas of All Time unfolds, the odds seem stacked against the three old friends. Which of them will fall before the night is out?  With Tom Baker as the Doctor, Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey, Nigel Anthony as the Host and Carole Boyd as the Old Friend, ‘Sepulchre’ is the last of five linked stories written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs.

N.B. On the Demon Quest series I was not the producer.  I was the audio editor and created 90% of the sound design.  SImon Hunt did the other 10% and also all of the fantastic music.  KATE THOMAS was the producer/director

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SARAH JANE ADVENTURES: WRAITH WORLD by CAVAN SCOTT & MARK WRIGHT – Read by ELISABETH SLADEN – UNABRIDGED – 1hr – 1CD – AudioGo/BBC Audiobooks

A bizarre journal leads to terror for Sarah Jane and friends, in this exclusive audio story read by Elisabeth Sladen.  Rani is delighted to hear that her favourite author, Gregory P. Wilkinson, is doing a signing at a local bookshop. When he agrees to be interviewed for the school newspaper, she is even more thrilled. And when the old man presents her with his journal, full of notes and sketches from his ‘Wraith World’ books, her happiness is complete.  But all too soon her elation turns to horror, as the worlds of fiction and reality collide. Can Sarah Jane save Rani, Clyde and Luke from a creature beyond their wildest nightmares?  Elisabeth Sladen, who stars as Sarah Jane in the CBBC TV series, reads this exclusive audio story by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright.

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SARAH JANE ADVENTURES: DEADLY DOWNLOAD by JASON ARNOPP – Read by ELISABETH SLADEN – UNABRIDGED – 1hr – 1CD – AudioGo/BBC Audiobooks

Sarah Jane and friends battle a deadly computer virus in this exclusive audio story, read by Elisabeth Sladen.  Sarah Jane is in a Christmassy mood, but her cosy afternoon listening to carols is interrupted when Mr Smith suddenly announces that danger is imminent. The supercomputer has detected abnormal internet activity in the vicinity of Bannerman Road. Something alien is downloading into two PCs on the street – a computer virus over 50 times more destructive than any other on the planet.  Both residents were chatting online when they started the download: but who were they chatting to? And what does the mysterious chatterbox want? It is up to Sarah Jane and friends to find out, before the deadly download takes over the Earth…Elisabeth Sladen, who stars as Sarah Jane in the CBBC TV series, reads this exclusive audio story, written by Jason Arnopp.

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DOCTOR WHO: THE ESSENTIAL COMPANION by STEVE TRIBE – Presented by ALEX PRICE – 2hrs 28mins – 2CDs – AudioGo/BBC Audiobooks

If you enjoyed the Eleventh Doctor’s first series of TV adventures, you’ll love this opportunity to hear again the most exciting, scary, funny and moving moments. What is the new Doctor really like? What’s in store for Amy and Rory when they join him on his travels?  Confront the Smilers, the Daleks, the Weeping Angels, the Dream Lord and all the other terrifying aliens they face! Meet Winston Churchill and River Song amongst the many brave friends who help along the way. Travel to Starship UK, Alfava Metraxis, Venice, Provence and Stonehenge – all in the company of your favourite Time Lord and his friends.  ‘Doctor Who: The Essential Companion’ has everything you need to know about the Doctor’s travels before he – and you – set off in the TARDIS once again. Meet the Eleventh Doctor and travel with him on his journey of adventure in this collection of exciting highlights, presented by Alex Price (‘Doctor Who Confidential’).

N.B. For The Essential Companion, I produced the presentation links performed by Alex Price.  The uber-talented Matt Budd at AudioGo was the audio editor who pieced the whole thing together.

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AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS by HP LOVECRAFT – Read by RICHARD COYLE – ABRIDGED – 2hrs 30mins – DOWNLOAD ONLY – BBC Radio 7/Ladbroke Productions/Spokenworld Audio

“At The Mountains of Madness” tells the first-person tale of geologist William Dyer, a professor from Miskatonic University in the USA. He writes to disclose hitherto unknown and closely kept secrets in the hope that he can deter a planned and much publicized scientific expedition to Antarctica. For he has been there and seen the unimaginable horrors that lay beyond the mountains. “At The Mountains of Madness” was written by HP Lovecraft in 1931, originally a serialised story published in Astounding Stories magazine in the US. While considered by fans to be part of the Cthulhu Mythos stories that HPL is most famous for, some academics argue that the author was actually ‘demythologising’ much of his earlier work. Whichever it is, the story is massively popular, and there are talks of a movie adaptation by Steven Spielberg and Guillermo Del Toro in the offing.  This 2010 adaptation comprises 5 episodes, originally aired on BBC Radio 7, and offered here in exclusive EXTENDED EDITIONS. You will find an additional 30 mins of terror-filled audio within these five episodes!

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BRIGHTON ROCK by GRAHAM GREENE – Read by SAMUEL WEST – UNABRIDGED – AudioGo/BBC Audiobooks

An unabridged audio edition of Graham Greene’s classic gang war thriller.  A gang war is raging through the dark underworld of Brighton. Pinkie, malign and ruthless, has killed a man. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous, life-embracing Ida Arnold, who is determined to avenge a death…Read by Samuel West.

N.B. Released on 6th Janaury 2011

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WONDER WINGS & OTHER FAIRY STORIES by EDITH WHARTON – Read by DEBBIE CHAZEN – UNABRIDGED – 31mins – DOWNLOAD ONLY – Ladbroke Productions/Spokenworld Audio

Three short, beautiful stories about the life of fairies, and how to make the right decisions in life. Perfect for little girls and children of all ages! Read by Debbie Chazen (Doctor Who, We Are Klang, Calendar Girls) with music by award-winning composer Jon Nicholls.

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FABLES IN RHYME FOR LITTLE FOLKS by LA FONTAINE – Read by DEBBIE CHAZEN – UNABRIDGED – 30mins – DOWNLOAD ONLY – Ladbroke Productions/Spokenworld Audio

A collection of 18 animal fables, originally written by La Fontaine, and here translated into rhyme by W.T. Larned. Each fable holds a moral, as well as lots of fun. Perfect for entertaining and teaching young children. Read by Debbie Chazen (Doctor Who, We Are Klang, Calendar Girls)

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SHORT TALES OF TERROR by HP LOVECRAFT – Read by RUPERT DEGAS – UNABRIDGED – 3hrs 50mins – DOWNLOAD ONLY – Ladbroke Productions/Spokenworld Audio

HP Lovecraft was one of the greatest ever writers of terror-filled short stories. In this collection you will hear ten of his finest works read by acclaimed British actor, Rupert Degas. From mysterious hounds and dank dark caves, to strange family ties and a spectral ship.

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RUSSIAN CHILDRENS TALES by VALERY CARRICK – Read by DEBBIE CHAZEN – UNABRIDGED – 41mins – DOWNLOAD ONLY – Ladbroke Productions/Spokenworld Audio

A collection on nine classic Russian animal fables, perfect for entertaining and teaching your little ones. Read with passion by Debbie Chazen (Doctor Who, We Are Klang, Calendar Girls). Featuring music by Jon Nicholls.

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CLASSIC TALES OF HORROR Vol. 1 – Read by JOHN WAITE, SARAH DOUGLAS, BEN ONWUKWE & MICHAEL FENTON-STEVENS – UNABRIDGED – 10hrs – Ladbroke Productions/Spokenworld Audio

Classic Tales Of Horror Vol.1 offers up fifteen slices of powerful story-telling from the world’s great authors. From Henry James and Ambrose Bierce to Bram Stoker and Charles Dickens. Read by John Waite (BBC Radio 4), Sarah Douglas (Superman I & II), Michael Fenton-Stevens (Spitting Image, KYTV, Hitch-hiker’s Guide) and Ben Onwukwe (London’s Burning, Othello).

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TBA DOCTOR WHO AUDIOBOOK – Read by TBA – DOWNLOAD ONLY – AudioGo/BBC Audiobooks

Sadly I can’t tell you about this one yet, but it’s a great DW story by a familiar DW writer and read by a fantastic DW actor.  I believe it is released in March 2011

So…that’s my 2010, in audiobooks.  Not a bad haul, I hope you will agree.  Do please check them out if they tickle your fancy.  The Doctor Who’s and SJA’s are particular faves of mine, as are the titles for Spokenworld Audio (especially At The Mountains of Madness).  Another year wraps up, and at some point I’ll have to list the BBC Radio programmes we also made in 2010…it’s been a busy year.

Keep supporting audiobooks and do lemme know what you thought about any of the titles above.

Thanks to all the writers, readers, fellow producers and editor, to the people who bought and listened to the audiobooks, to my business partner Paul, to my fiance Tanja, to Michael & Kate and all at AudioGo, and to everyone who is proud to be an audiobook fan!

Happy New Year one and all 🙂

Neil G 🙂

Sixteenth FICT of Xmas

Your Festive FICTS Advent Calendar thingy is here…Robert Rankin and I present to you 24 FICTS, one each day up to Xmas, to bring happiness and mirth to one and all.  And if you like what you see, why not buy a copy of THE BUMPER BOOK OF FICTS, which contains 96 pages of the things in their splendid glory…all illustrated by uber-legend Robert Rankin.  You can get the hard-backed glossy book by CLICKING HERE.

Fifteenth FICT of Xmas

Your Festive FICTS Advent Calendar thingy is here…Robert Rankin and I present to you 24 FICTS, one each day up to Xmas, to bring happiness and mirth to one and all.  And if you like what you see, why not buy a copy of THE BUMPER BOOK OF FICTS, which contains 96 pages of the things in their splendid glory…all illustrated by uber-legend Robert Rankin.  You can get the hard-backed glossy book by CLICKING HERE.

Fourteenth FICT of Xmas

Your Festive FICTS Advent Calendar thingy is here…Robert Rankin and I present to you 24 FICTS, one each day up to Xmas, to bring happiness and mirth to one and all.  And if you like what you see, why not buy a copy of THE BUMPER BOOK OF FICTS, which contains 96 pages of the things in their splendid glory…all illustrated by uber-legend Robert Rankin.  You can get the hard-backed glossy book by CLICKING HERE.

Thirteenth FICT of Xmas

Your Festive FICTS Advent Calendar thingy is here…Robert Rankin and I present to you 24 FICTS, one each day up to Xmas, to bring happiness and mirth to one and all.  And if you like what you see, why not buy a copy of THE BUMPER BOOK OF FICTS, which contains 96 pages of the things in their splendid glory…all illustrated by uber-legend Robert Rankin.  You can get the hard-backed glossy book by CLICKING HERE.

Twelfth FICT of Xmas

Your Festive FICTS Advent Calendar thingy is here…Robert Rankin and I present to you 24 FICTS, one each day up to Xmas, to bring happiness and mirth to one and all.  And if you like what you see, why not buy a copy of THE BUMPER BOOK OF FICTS, which contains 96 pages of the things in their splendid glory…all illustrated by uber-legend Robert Rankin.  You can get the hard-backed glossy book by CLICKING HERE.

Eleventh FICT of Xmas

Your Festive FICTS Advent Calendar thingy is here…Robert Rankin and I present to you 24 FICTS, one each day up to Xmas, to bring happiness and mirth to one and all.  And if you like what you see, why not buy a copy of THE BUMPER BOOK OF FICTS, which contains 96 pages of the things in their splendid glory…all illustrated by uber-legend Robert Rankin.  You can get the hard-backed glossy book by CLICKING HERE.

Tenth FICT of Xmas

Your Festive FICTS Advent Calendar thingy is here…Robert Rankin and I present to you 24 FICTS, one each day up to Xmas, to bring happiness and mirth to one and all.  And if you like what you see, why not buy a copy of THE BUMPER BOOK OF FICTS, which contains 96 pages of the things in their splendid glory…all illustrated by uber-legend Robert Rankin.  You can get the hard-backed glossy book by CLICKING HERE.

Ninth FICT of Xmas

Your Festive FICTS Advent Calendar thingy is here…Robert Rankin and I present to you 24 FICTS, one each day up to Xmas, to bring happiness and mirth to one and all.  And if you like what you see, why not buy a copy of THE BUMPER BOOK OF FICTS, which contains 96 pages of the things in their splendid glory…all illustrated by uber-legend Robert Rankin.  You can get the hard-backed glossy book by CLICKING HERE.

Eighth FICT of Xmas

Your Festive FICTS Advent Calendar thingy is here…Robert Rankin and I present to you 24 FICTS, one each day up to Xmas, to bring happiness and mirth to one and all.  And if you like what you see, why not buy a copy of THE BUMPER BOOK OF FICTS, which contains 96 pages of the things in their splendid glory…all illustrated by uber-legend Robert Rankin.  You can get the hard-backed glossy book by CLICKING HERE.

Seventh FICT of Xmas

Your Festive FICTS Advent Calendar thingy is here…Robert Rankin and I present to you 24 FICTS, one each day up to Xmas, to bring happiness and mirth to one and all.  And if you like what you see, why not buy a copy of THE BUMPER BOOK OF FICTS, which contains 96 pages of the things in their splendid glory…all illustrated by uber-legend Robert Rankin.  You can get the hard-backed glossy book by CLICKING HERE.

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